SpaceX returns four astronauts to Earth in darkness

Capsule parachutes into Gulf of Mexico at 3am, the first night-time US crew splashdown since 1968 SpaceX safely returned four astronauts from the International Space Station on Sunday, making the first US crew splashdown in darkness since the Apollo 8 moonshot. The Dragon capsule parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Panama […]

Amlo calls decision to disqualify candidates ‘a blow to democracy’

Mexico’s electoral tribunal upheld ruling barring two candidates, including one accused of rape, for failing to file expense reports Mexico’s president has blasted a decision to disqualify two of his party’s gubernatorial candidates – including one accused of rape – describing the decision by Mexico’s electoral tribunal as “a blow to democracy”. “Democracy is respecting […]

Coronavirus live: Netherlands to restart Johnson & Johnson vaccine after regulator says benefits outweigh risks

Move comes after European Medicines Agency said warning about very rare blood clots should be added to label Possible link between J&J vaccine and rare blood clots, says EU regulator Narendra Modi: Covid resurgence in India like being ‘hit by a storm’ UK in drive to develop drugs to take at home to ‘stop Covid […]

Violence erupts as Mexico’s deadly gangs aim to cement power in largest ever elections

Clashes have sparked political assassinations and the forced displacement of thousands ahead of crunch 6 June polls Violent clashes between rival Mexican criminal groups – and their alleged allies in the security forces – are escalating ahead of mid-term elections in June, triggering a string of political assassinations and the forced displacement of thousands. State […]

Katie Boulter seals BJK Cup win for Britain over Mexico after Watson defeat

Boulter secures 3-1 victory by beating Giuliana Olmos Heather Watson stunned by Mexico’s Marcela Zacarías Two years ago Katie Boulter soared under suffocating pressure to clinch the decisive victory in their playoff tie against Kazakhstan in what was then the Fed Cup, ending Great Britain’s 26-year absence from the top levels of the competition. It […]

Boulter and Watson put Britain 2-0 up in BJK Cup tie against Mexico

Boulter beats Zacarias after slow start in Roehampton Watson puts GB on verge of victory with comfortable win In the empty, echoing halls of the LTA National Tennis Centre in Roehampton used for training and little else in normal times, Great Britain pieced together an efficient opening day of their Billie Jean King Cup play-off […]

The Mexican women who kicked out the cartels – video

Adelaida Sánchez is a member of the community police force in Cherán, a Purépecha indigenous town in Michoacán, Mexico, which declared itself autonomous in 2011. When the town was under siege from illegal logging, cartel criminals, and corrupt authorities and the men of the town stood by and did nothing, it was left to women […]

Covid live: UK nears 40m total coronavirus vaccine doses; Iran records highest daily death toll this year

UK has now given 32.1 million people a first dose of the vaccine and 7.5 million a second dose; Iran reports 258 further Covid-19 deaths India hits vaccination milestone as infections rise England prepares to open non-essential retail and outdoor areas of pubs Covid hotspots could lead to third wave in UK, scientists warn UK […]

‘A system of global apartheid’: author Harsha Walia on why the border crisis is a myth

The Canadian organizer says the actual crises are capitalism, war and the climate emergency, which drive mass migration The rising number of migrant children and families seeking to cross the US border with Mexico is emerging as one of the most serious political challenges for Joe Biden’s new administration. That’s exactly what Donald Trump wants: […]

‘An atmosphere of terror’: the bloody rise of Mexico’s top cartel

The Jalisco cartel’s violence has taken a horrific toll on the state and experts say it poses a threat to Mexico’s government It was mid-spring when residents of the wasteland behind Guadalajara’s international airport noticed a dog roaming their community with a strange object in its mouth: a human forearm. Search teams in the ramshackle […]

Mexican press freedom dispute erupts as Amlo attacks US and domestic critics

President hits back over critical US human rights report but also singles out Mexican press freedom group Article 19 for censure A growing row over press freedom has engulfed Mexico after the country’s nationalist president maligned a routine US human rights report which highlighted his government’s failure to protect journalists – and the behaviour of […]

The death truck: how a solution to Mexico’s morgue crisis created a new horror

How did a lorry carrying 273 dead bodies end up stranded on the outskirts of Guadalajara? On the southern outskirts of Guadalajara, early in the morning of 15 September 2018, a large container, the type normally attached to a lorry, sank into the soupy ground beside a rutted country road. The refrigerated container could store […]

Coronavirus live news: Mexico’s death toll passes 200,000; EU vaccine campaign suffers new blow

Country becomes third in the world to pass grim milestone; Novavax is delaying signing its contract with EU due to raw material supply issues EU leaders told bloc has sent 21m Covid vaccine doses to the UK Jean-Claude Juncker criticises EU over Covid spat with UK Experts fear France is not doing enough to tackle […]

‘A sip can kill’: did a chemical company misrepresent data to avoid making a safer product?

A former Syngenta scientist alleges lives could have been saved with tweaks to the formulation of weedkiller paraquat Scientist tells of relief after speaking out over weedkiller fears Around the world, the deadly dangers of a weedkiller called paraquat are well known. When working with the highly toxic herbicide, farmers and other users take care […]

Young mothers pin hopes on the American dream – in pictures

Dozens of families pass daily through the Brownsville immigration depot in Texas, nearly all women with small children, telling the same story. They make their way north from Central America through Mexico hoping for jobs in the US that are often on the bottom rung of the economic ladder, but better than anything back home, […]

English secondary school headteachers among best paid in the world

School leaders’ pay soars, but teachers’ salaries are falling further behind Headteachers in England are among the highest-paid in the world, and the gap between school leader and teacher salaries is one of the widest, new analysis has revealed. A report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on state secondary school heads’ salaries […]

Is there a crisis at the border? Advocates in Texas say it’s ‘political manipulation’

The Texas governor has sent troops to fortify the border while advocates say the immigration numbers are being politicized Along the winding road which follows the Rio Grande west from Mission, Texas, dozens of armed border patrol agents, state troopers, soldiers and state and local police are dotted about to catch undocumented migrants entering the […]

US to send 4m AstraZeneca vaccine doses to Mexico and Canada

Biden administration has come under pressure to share vaccine, which has been authorized in other countries but not yet in US The United States plans to send roughly 4m doses of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine that it is not using to Mexico and Canada in loan deals with the two countries. Mexico will receive 2.5m doses […]

Mexico escalates immigration raids to stem flow of Central American migrants

About 1,200 migrants from Central America were swept up in raids between 25 January and 16 February in six Mexican states Mexico has stepped up immigration raids – hauling hundreds of people off trains in recent weeks – to stem an increase in Central American migrants heading for the United States since Joe Biden took […]

Pelosi says Biden inherited broken system at the border as Fema deployed

Administration to send Fema to help with surge at Mexico border to safely receive, shelter and transfer minor children House speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that the Biden administration had inherited a broken immigration system as the administration announced it would send federal help to children on the US-Mexico border seeking asylum. “This is […]

Mexico: smugglers use bracelets to track migrants as they cross US border

Criminal groups that bring people into US reportedly document payment status on the plastic bands Along the banks of the Rio Grande in the scrubby grassland near Penitas, south-east Texas, hundreds of colored plastic wristbands ripped off by migrants litter the ground, signs of what US border officials say is a growing trend among powerful […]

What is Joe Biden doing to cope with a rise in unaccompanied child migrants?

As the administration tackles Trump’s legacy February saw more minors arriving alone at the southern border than since May 2019 Joe Biden’s promise of a more “fair, safe and orderly” immigration system is facing an early test as the number of children seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border has increased this year. Related: Surge in […]

Mexico’s president defends decision to barricade palace ahead of women’s march

Andrés Manuel López Obrado claims the measure is only intended to avoid provocation The Mexican president has claimed that a metallic barrier to wall off the presidential palace ahead of a planned women’s march is intended to avoid provocation and protect historic buildings from vandalism. In a country where femicides rose nearly 130% between 2015 […]

After a year without nightclubs, I can’t wait to go dancing again | Laura Bettinson

Covid has killed the live music industry. DJs like me are hoping that 21 June will be a new start Laura Bettinson is a producer, DJ and songwriter If you’d told me at the end of 2019 – a year I spent DJing in Mexico, the US, China and Europe – that a total ban […]

The big picture: Cristina de Middel’s fantastical take on the migrant story

The Spanish photographer reimagines the journey through Mexico to the US as a magical quest For the past few years, the Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel has been documenting the caravans of migrants who have travelled through Mexico from its southern border with Guatemala to reach a small town in California called Felicity. A monument […]

Lupita: the indigenous activist leading a new generation of Mexican women – video

In a country where indigenous people are increasingly displaced and journalists are killed at an alarming rate, a courageous new voice has emerged: Lupita, a Tzotzil-Maya woman​ ​at the forefront of a Mexican indigenous movement. Twenty years after Lupita lost her family in the Acteal massacre in southern Mexico, she has become a spokesperson for her people​ […]